The inaugural IFAF Junior World Championship will kick off on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Canton's historic Fawcett Stadium, home of the NFL's annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game
It is known throughout the world that Canton, Ohio, is the crib of the game.
Games between the world's eight best 19-and-under junior national teams will be played on Saturday, June 27, Wednesday, July 1 and Saturday, July 4, before the Championship Game is contested on Sunday, July 5.
Joining host nation the United States as an automatic qualifier will be Canada. The Canadians will hold the No. 1 seed with the U.S. claiming the No. 2 seed.
"We felt that Canada's exceptional record in international junior competition during recent years warranted the top seed," Wiking added. "The United States is recognized as the home of the sport and is expected to be a strong contender for the championship."
Canada's junior national team has consistently impressed on an international platform by winning the past three NFL Global Junior Championships, held during Super Bowl week from 1997 to 2007. They were also crowned champions in 2000.http://www.usafootball.com/jwc